PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council this week honored several individuals and organizations for their donations to the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services’ (SAVES) holiday basket drive.
Mayor Jim Ledford, with SAVES Manager Patricia Morales and Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones, presented certificates of appreciation to a wide range of individuals and organizations, representing local media, businesses, service organizations and public agencies.
“Of the many things that I’m proud of in our City, the fact that our residents, organizations and businesses step up to the plate and deliver when it’s needed is at the top of my list,” said Ledford.
Each year, SAVES distributes holiday baskets in November and December to residents who are in need and who meet the program requirements. For 2012, the goal was to distribute 250 baskets.
“Because of the generosity of our partners, we were able to provide 275 baskets for our December basket distribution,” said Morales. “We were able to make the holidays a little brighter for a lot of people, and we’re grateful for all the donations and support.”
Among those honored were:
- Ruby Martinez of Vallarta Supermarkets;
- Vince Garcia of BOB-FM;
- Liane Roth of the Antelope Valley Press;
- Trent Blankenship of Wal-Mart in Palmdale;
- Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol;
- Bill Matthews of Frito Lay;
- Mitchell Chase and Naomi Huerta of Time Warner;
- Wendy Williams from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority;
- Robertson’s Palmdale Honda;
- Palmdale Kiwanis;
- Lions Club of Palmdale, Northrup Grumman Employee Fund; and
- Vladimir Gomez of Antelope Valley Helping Hands.